Okla. Bill Would Change Campus Sex Assault Reporting Rules

EDMOND, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Senate is considering a new bill aimed to improve procedures on how colleges and universities handle sexual assaults and violent crimes on campus.

Authored by Sen. Tom Ivester (D-Elk City), Senate Bill 312 would require university employees to contact law enforcement officials if they learn of a sexual assault or violent crime being committed — no matter where the incident took place, UCO360.com reports.

Additionally, the bill would require campus police departments to enter into mutual aid agreements with local police departments to work together on sexual assault and violent crime cases.

Ivester said he introduced this bill because there were no laws on how Oklahoma’s higher education institutions handled reports of sexual assaults.

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